Time is of the essence as top show beams in

The Time Machine
The Time Machine

The Old Town Hall has sealed something of a coup by bringing The Time Machine, a new production of HG Wells’ classic novella to Hemel Hempstead.

Produced by Robert Lloyd Parry/Nunkie Theatre, the June 18 show will be the only date in the south east in an extensive UK tour.

The Time Machine by HG Wells is considered by many to be the first true science fiction novel, and certainly the first to consider time travel as a viable subject for fiction.

In many ways the forerunner of all time travel fiction, film and TV including not only the famous 1960 film adapted from the book but also Dr Who, Back To The Future and upcoming Tom Cruise film Edge of Tomorrow amongst many others.

This totally new adaptation goes back to the book for its source material – rather than the film which those behind the show said ‘took a few liberties with the story’.

It features a vast metronome as the on-stage realisation of Wells’ eponymous machine.

A spokesman said: “It’s a fun and entertaining show that truly does justice to this classic. Robert recently played MR James in Mark Gatiss’ BBC 2 documentary Ghost Writer shown on Christmas Day 2013.

“He is taking his stage adaptation of The Time Machine on tour through May, June and July.”

The show has been described as ‘Riveting… wonderful, magical storytelling’ and rated five stars by The Daily Mail while The Stage described it as ‘Storytelling at its best’.

The Time Machine will be at The Old Town Hall, High Street, HP1 3AE on June 18 from 8pm.

Tickets cost £10 and £8 for concessions and can be purchased on 01442 228091 or online at oldtownhall.co.uk